A countywide social, fundraising event will kick off the new year in 2013.
"Power of the Community" will take place on Thursday, Jan. 10, at North Clay Middle School in the commons area. The snow make-up day is on Jan. 14. Registration is from 6-6:30 p.m., with food sampling starting at 6:30. The event will feature samplings of many Clay County restaurants and caterers, live entertainment with Gray Beard and Banks of the Wabash Valley Barber Shop Chorus, raffles and silent and live auctions of themed baskets and donated items.
The proceeds will directly fund the United Way Success By Six (SB6) program. Groups wanting to attend the event may reserve and decorate a table either for six or eight people. Each group is asked to decorate their own table in a unique theme. Each member of the group will receive a free raffle ticket for their efforts.
Admission costs $10 per person. Tickets for groups may be ordered through United Way Campaign Chair Kathy Deal by sending their group check and indicating the size of table to her at 5066 W. State Road 340, Brazil, Ind., 47834. Deadline for group tickets is Jan. 2, 2013.
Individuals are welcome to attend. Tickets are available at Riddell National Bank's main branch. In addition to the $10 ticket, each person is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the SB6 event. The donation will directly help the Clay County Emergency Food Pantry, which is low on food items.
Clay County businesses, civic groups, churches, schools and banks are being asked to furnish a donated item or a themed basket to be used for the silent auction, live auction or raffle. To donate, contact Diane Braden at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 446-5801 or Michelle Oehler at email@example.com or by phone at 812-201-0886, by Jan. 2, 2013.
The steering committee for the event consists of the following: Co-Chairs Deal and Mary Yelton, along with Roberta Weliever, Braden, Janice Modesitt, Lindsey Mullinix, Katie Sims, Oehler, Allyson Wegner, Lana Hendrix and William Schad. Corporate co-sponsors are Riddell National Bank and Terre Haute Savings Bank.
The United Way SB6 program is a community-based initiative designed to provide every Clay County child with the opportunity to develop basic reading skills so they may enter kindergarten ready to learn.
The following Clay County programs are under SB6:
* Early education professional development grants, which support attendance at continuing education programs for child care providers/early educational professional that work directly with children ages 0-6. The Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center, directed by Yelton, on Jackson Street, Brazil, is a recipient of SB6,
* Read Men Read is a program that brings men as role models of literacy into Clay County elementary schools to read to students once a month for five months. The program encouraged and improved literacy skills of the students, provides mentoring opportunities for men with students and gives students extra attention and positive role models who value education. Each young student receives five books to build their own home library,
* Reading Buddies is a small step in helping a student lay a foundation for learning. In the spring, first-graders at Clay County elementary schools receive a stuffed animal to take home with them in order to encourage further reading with their families. The stuffed animal buddies mean a lot to a child, and
* Born Learning Trails have nine signs with expert-approved learning games available, each with fun and easy activities for children and adults to do together. It provides practical and engaging ideas to inspire families to make learning fun and interactive. Forest Park currently has the Born Learning Trail adjacent to its playground, and Clay City will be the recipient of one in the near future.